Work permits are required for children to work for:
- hairdressing salons or barber shop
- shop work, including shelf stacking
- newspapers or magazine delivery or other printed materials, e.g. leaflets
- office work including receptionist
- café or restaurant i.e. waiting of tables or serving food (children cannot work in a kitchen)
- caring for animals i.e. riding stables, vets, pet shops
- light domestic work i.e. hotel or guest house (cleaning, house-keeping duties)
- agricultural or horticultural work.
This isn’t a complete list. Other types of work may be considered suitable.
The employer must complete a risk assessment before a child can start work.
Children are only allowed to work a set number of hours:
- School days - up to two hours per day, a maximum of 12 hours per week. Employment must be out of school hours and a maximum of one hour can be worked before school.
- Saturday – a child aged 13 to 14 can work a maximum of five hours and a child aged 15 to 16 can work a maximum of eight hours.
- Sunday – a child can work for a maximum of two hours.
- School holidays (includes weekends) – a child aged 13 to 14 can work up to 25 hours a week (max five hours per day) and a child aged 15 to 16 can work up to 35 hours a week (max eight hours per day). If a child has worked for four hours they must have a break of one hour, all children employed are permitted a two week holiday free from work each year, within school holidays.
- There is no minimum wage for a child under 16 years.
Apply to us if the child will be working in Manchester. If you’re not sure check which council.
Application and guidance notes
Warning: It is your responsibility to read and fully understand the statutory requirements for this licence. Failure to comply with the regulations may lead to the licence being revoked and/or prosecution.
- Children and Young persons Act 1963
- The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014
- Child Employment Byelaws
- Copy of child's passport or birth certificate; and
- Parent/carer permission form
Processing and timescales
You must apply at least 21 days before the work starts or a permit may not be granted.
Applications will be processed within ten working days.